With the Royal Rumble now just days away, the WWE will be faced with the task of putting on a quality go-home edition of SmackDown this week. Although Raw received mixed reviews, it certainly furthered storylines and got fans excited for the Rumble, so the WWE will attempt to do something similar with the blue brand as well.
The main feud worth paying attention to is the one between WWE Champion CM Punk and The Rock. Punk got the better of Rock on Monday as The Shield attacked The Great One, but Vince McMahon revealed that Punk would be stripped of his title if The Shield got involved again at the Royal Rumble. The Rock is being advertised for the show, so it will be interesting to see if he and Punk interact or if they're kept away from each other again.
Several other rivalries are heating up as well, including the one between World Heavyweight Champion Alberto Del Rio and the Big Show. Also, Team Hell No will defend the Tag Team Championships against Team Rhodes Scholars at the Royal Rumble, and with their partnership seemingly on shaky ground, they need to go into Sunday on a high note.
Here are the top five things that you should be looking for while watching this week's episode of SmackDown as the WWE prepares for the Royal Rumble.